A 28-YEAR-OLD Filabusi man has been jailed for 18 years for rap_ing a 72-year-old woman after breaking into her home.
Lyton Mlilo of Phikelela Village in Theleka area pleaded not guilty to rap_e when he appeared before Gwanda regional magistrate, Mrs Sibonginkosi Mkandla but was convicted due to overwhelming evidence against him.
He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
Three years were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within the next five years.
Prosecuting, Mr Khumbulani Nyoni said Mlilo rap_ed the old woman on February 25 at around 2AM.
“On 25 February at around 2AM the complainant was sleeping alone in her bedroom hut when she was awakened by the noise of someone opening her door. She quickly switched on her torch and saw that it was the accused person. Mlilo approached the complainant and ordered her to switch off the torch and demanded to have se_xual intercourse with her. The complainant ordered Mlilo to leave but he refused and went on to rap_e her,” he said.
“The complainant tried to scream for help but Milo strangled her in order to stop her from making noise. After he had rap_ed her the complainant managed to push the accused person aside and she escaped and called out for help. Mlilo fled from the scene.”
Mr Nyoni said two neighbours arrived at the complainant’s homestead and they tried to track the accused person but did not find him. The matter was reported to the police resulting in Mlilo’s arrest.
In his defence, Mlilo said he never went to the complainant’s homestead. He said he was forcefully arrested by the police who further assaulted him and forced him to admit to have committed the offence.
Mlilo said he did not rap_e the complainant as alleged.
“I was surprised when the police confronted me and accused me of rap_ing the complainant. When I told them that I didn’t know what they were talking about they assaulted me and forced me to admit,” he said.